Every year, people are injured, and sometimes killed, as a result of ladder and scaffolding accidents. Gilman Law, LLP is a leading Florida personal injury law firm that represents people injured in construction accidents, including those involving ladders and scaffolding. Florida victims of such accidents may be eligible to receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. If you or a loved one were injured because of a fall from a ladder, or a scaffolding collapse, the Florida personal injury lawyers at Gilman Law will work hard on your behalf to help obtain the maximum compensation for your injuries.
Ladder and Scaffolding Accidents
Ladder and Scaffolding accidents are among the most common causes of injuries to construction workers. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) created the regulations regarding ladders and scaffolding, and not complying with these regulations is both illegal and unsafe. Consumers who purchase ladders for personal use can also be injured because of a defect in the ladder.
Individuals who fall from ladders and scaffolding, especially from great heights, can suffer a wide range of serious injuries, including:
- Broken bones and soft tissue injuries
- Back injuries
- Neck injuries
- Fractured vertebrae
- Concussions and closed head injuries
- Brain and spinal cord injuries
- Wrongful death
Ladder-related accidents are often due to lack of safety instructions and unreasonably dangerous equipment. The negligent design and manufacturing of ladders can put users at a heightened risk of injury. Scaffolding injuries are most often caused by falls and poorly erected scaffolding. Important components necessary to insure the safety of the scaffolding are often intentionally omitted from the construction of the structure, leaving workers more susceptible to injury.
While workers’ compensation can cover injuries on the job, if a negligent third party was responsible for your accident – such as the manufacturer of the ladder – you may be able to pursue compensation beyond workers’ compensation.
If you are thinking about pursuing a claim for an injury sustained as a result of a ladder or scaffolding accident, you need to be aware that such lawsuits are subject to a Statute of Limitations established either by Florida state laws. For that reason, it is important to contact one of the experienced Ladder and Scaffolding Accident Attorneys at Gilman Law as soon as possible so that any Statute of Limitations does not expire and prevent a recovery.
If you or a loved one has suffered from a ladder or scaffolding accident, please fill out the online form for a free lawsuit case evaluation by a qualified Ladder Accident attorney or call (888) 252-0048